The Southern Arizona Invitational Tournament
September 6-7: Canoa Ranch Golf Club
Ironwood Ridge standout Jarrod Johnson shot a 1-over-par 141 to capture the championship of the Southern Arizona Invitational Tournament held at the Canoa Ranch Golf Club last Friday and Saturday.
As a team, Salpointe came in first place, followed by Ironwood Ridge and Walden Grove.
Salpointe’s Max Krueger came in two shots behind Johnson to take second place and Gabriel Escalera of Walden Grove came in third, seven strokes back.
The Lancers are currently ranked No. 2 in Division II behind Higley and Ironwood Ridge is ranked No. 8. Krueger is ranked No. 7 in D-II and Escalera is No. 11. Johnson is ranked No. 27 but he had the lowest round (70) on Friday. Johnson was 3-over after the 16th hole on Saturday but he recorded two straight birdies for the win.
TOP TEN FINISHERS
1 Jarrod Johnson, Ironwood Ridge 70 71 141 (+1)
2 Max Krueger, Salpointe 71 72 143
3 Gabriel Escalera, Walden Grove 75 73 148
4 James Velasquez, Walden Grove 77 73 150
4 Carlos Astiazaran, Salpointe 74 76 150
6 RayJ Ramirez, Sabino 81 72 153
6 Zander Los, Ironwood Ridge 78 75 153
8 Mateo McNew, Salpointe 78 78 156
9 Nathan Romero, Marana 81 77 158
9 Isaac Ruiz, Buena 82 76 158
1 Salpointe 608 (+48)
2 Ironwood Ridge 637
3 Walden Grove 701
4 Sabino 706
5 Buena 721
6 Canyon Del Oro 729
7 Tucson 740
The Rivalry Cup will be played at the Omni on Sept. 27 and the Tournament of Champions will be played on Sept. 27 at Silverbelle.
The field for the Rivalry Cup: Walden Grove, Red Mountain, Canyon del Oro, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina Foothills, Brophy Prep, Buena, Cienega, Desert Vista, Mesa Mountain View, Mountain Pointe, Gilbert, Chaparral, Desert Ridge, Corona del Sol and Highland.
Tournament of Champions: Marana Mountain View, Salpointe, Flowing Wells, Vista Grande, Douglas, Tucson, Marana, Sabino, Cholla and Rincon/University.
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